Our Charter & Timeline

How Do Charters Work?

A charter is a living document that must be renewed every five years and may be amended in between renewal years.  Our current charter, all amendments, and original charter application are listed below with a short description and effective date.  


Timeline of Our Charter

 Our Current Charter Contract 

July 1, 2016

Description:  The Charter School Contract between J. Paul Taylor Academy and The New Mexico Public Education Commission is valid for a 5-year term from July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2021.  The contract outlines the material terms of our charter school.


 Current Charter School Performance Framework 

July 1, 2016

Description: The Charter School Performance Framework is a series of negotiated performance standards for academic, fiscal, organizational goals, and expectations by which our school will be evaluated for performance and sustainability.


 Charter Amendment 7:  Class Size 

September 9, 2015

Description:  This amendment eliminates the original goal of 20 students per class and replaces it with language that the school shall not exceed state limits.


 Charter Amendment 6:  Contract Approvals 

September 9, 2015

Description:  The original charter stated that the Governance Council would approve all contracts over $25,000 and did not include an exemption for staff contracts.  This amendment adds an exemption for staff contracts.


 Charter Amendment 5: Total Enrollment 

September 9, 2015

Description:  This amendment clarifies the total enrollment cap of J. Paul Taylor Academy, which was mistakenly listed as 180 in several places in the original charter; this amendment properly establishes the cap at 200.


 Charter Amendment 4:  Relocation 

April 2, 2015

Description:  Moving the school location requires an amendment to the charter.  This amendment allowed J. Paul Taylor Academy to rent a location from Las Cruces Public Schools.


 Charter Amendment 3:  Governance Council Membership 

August 13, 2014

Description:  This amendment changes our original charter, which stated that the Governance Council would be 7-9 members.  The amendment changes the range to 5 (the state minimum) to 13 members.  


 Charter Amendment 2: Mission Statement 

August 13, 2014

Description:  This amendment aligns our mission statement to match the changes made to Charter Amendment 1, which was the change from a Dual Language Program to Spanish Language Acquisition.


 Charter Amendment 1:  Change to Dual Language Program 

August 13, 2014

Description:  Our first few years of enrollment at J. Paul Taylor Academy lacked enough Spanish speaking models to properly run a Dual Language Program.  This amendment allows the school to move to a Spanish Language Acquisition model.


 Founding Charter Document 


Description:  This charter application establishes a contract with the State of New Mexico to begin a small, Dual-Language, K-8 charter school focused on Project-Based Learning and community partnerships.  

Founding Charter Document